Nirvana ‎– Live On Air

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KAOS Radio, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA April 17, 1987

Tracklist

The CD - Live Rarities
Love Buzz 4:03
Floyd The Barber 2:34
Downer 2:26
Mexican Seafood 2:25
White Lace And Strange 2:06
Spank Thru 3:10
Anorexorcist 3:09
Hairspray Queen 4:55
Pen Cap Chew 4:31
The Free Bonus DVD - Live Rarities
Rape Me 2:41
Smells Like Teen Spirit 4:59
Territorial Pissing 2:47
Heart Shaped Box 4:45

Versions (18)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AML2035 Nirvana Live On Air(CD, RM, Unofficial + DVD-V, Unofficial + Box, Unof) American Legends Ltd AML2035 UK 2005 Sell This Version
SMC2443 Nirvana Classic Airwaves(CD, Enh, RM, Unofficial) American Icons Ltd. SMC2443 UK 2005 Sell This Version
ASRC 11 Nirvana Live On Air(CD, Unofficial) American Legends Ltd ASRC 11 UK & Europe 2005 Sell This Version
AML2034 Nirvana Live On Air(DVD-V, Unofficial) American Legends Ltd AML2034 UK 2005 Sell This Version
SMC2443 Nirvana Transmissions(CD, Enh, RM, Unofficial) Storming Music Company SMC2443 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
SW0007CDSE Nirvana Live On Air(CD, Enh, Unofficial) Southern Recordings SW0007CDSE US 2010 Sell This Version
RSL13003CD Nirvana KAOS FM Live 17/04/1987(CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) Radio Silence RSL13003CD Europe 2015 Sell This Version
RSL13003LP Nirvana KAOS FM Live 17/04/1987(LP, Ltd, Unofficial) Radio Silence RSL13003LP Europe 2015 Sell This Version
INTRCD0004 Nirvana Live On KAOS-FM, Seattle-1987(CD, Unofficial) Interference (3) INTRCD0004 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
BOSS 5-1978 Nirvana Olympia Community Radio Session April 17th 1987(LP, Ltd, Unofficial) Bad Joker BOSS 5-1978 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
INTRLP0004 Nirvana Live On KAOS-FM, Seattle-1987(LP, Ltd, Num, Unofficial, Whi) Interference (3) INTRLP0004 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
INTRLP0004 Nirvana Live On KAOS-FM, Seattle-1987(LP, Unofficial) Interference (3) INTRLP0004 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
DOR 2124H Nirvana Broadcasting Live KAOS-FM April 17th, 1987 & SNL-TV 1992(LP, Unofficial, 180) DOL DOR 2124H Europe 2017 Sell This Version
INTRPD0004 Nirvana Live On Kaos-Fm, Seattle(LP, Ltd, Pic, Unofficial, in ) Interference (3) INTRPD0004 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
KMR 1281-2 Nirvana Live On Air(CD, Unofficial) KM Records Limited KMR 1281-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
KMR 1031-2 Nirvana Live On Air(CD, Unofficial, Car) KM Records Limited KMR 1031-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
none Nirvana Nevermind The Bollocks Here's Nirvana(LP, Ltd, Num, Unofficial, Pin) Out Of Order Records (4) none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Nirvana Nevermind The Bollocks Here's Nirvana(LP, Unofficial, W/Lbl, Cle) Out Of Order Records (4) none US Unknown Sell This Version

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midge3030

midge3030

August 3, 2016
referencing KAOS FM Live 17/04/1987, LP, Ltd, Unofficial, RSL13003LP

Sound quality is awful on this version, can only just make out Kurt singing. Are all versions the same or did I get a bad copy?
viewerslikeyou

viewerslikeyou

June 19, 2016
referencing Live On KAOS-FM, Seattle-1987, LP, Ltd, Num, Unofficial, Whi, INTRLP0004

Make no mistake, this is a bootleg.
In terms of sound quality, this is superior to other versions previously found floating around the web (or the previously available release with the brown cover and photo of Kurt, Krist and Chad), but it certainly doesn't sound as good as it could or should with claims of being "professionally remastered."
I first became aware of this release when a vinyl version was made available in limited quantities for Record Store Day 2016, which made it sound like it could be somewhat legitimate, and tried to do some digging. I couldn't find any reviews or more information as to the source or by whom it was remastered, so I found a reasonably priced copy on CD and bought it.
The only real evidence needed that this is neither from an official source nor the best that could be done with the material is the missing 10th track, Vendetagainst. This was released officially on the With The Lights Out box as "Help Me, I'm Hungry" and compared to this release it sounds fantastic. The likely reason that this track is not included is that it HAS been officially released and would make for an easy comparison of how awful this recording sounds, as well as making it a more likely target of a lawsuit from Geffen/Universal.
Now imagine if the entire session was cleaned up and mastered in the same way and from the same source: It would reveal this release for the half-hearted cash grab that it is.
According to the back cover, "Interference very proudly presents the entire original KAOS-FM broadcast of Skid Row (Nirvana) live in session from Evergreen State College, Olympia WA on 17th April 1987. Professionally re-mastered original FM broadcast with background liners, interviews and rare archival photos."
In reality, they got a somewhat better sounding copy than the other bootlegs, cleaned it up a bit (maybe) and slapped together as many old photos as they could find that probably wouldn't get them sued, most of which have absolutely nothing to do with the recording or even the time period: There is a series of photos of Kurt from the In Utero promo shoot, a bunch of photos with Dave Grohl and Chad Channing (Aaron Burckhard was the drummer for this session) and even photos with Jason Everman, the hair-metal wannabe that bough his way into the Bleach liner notes and was kicked out of every decent Seattle band in the 90's.
Bottom line, this is presented as a painstakingly researched archival document, crafted for fans, when it's just another cheap bootleg crafted to separate you from your money. If the track on WTLO is any evidence, this CAN be done better and hopefully at some point will be officially released.
viewerslikeyou

viewerslikeyou

June 18, 2016
edited 10 months ago
referencing Live On KAOS-FM, Seattle-1987, CD, Unofficial, INTRCD0004

Make no mistake, this is a bootleg.
In terms of sound quality, this is superior to other versions previously found floating around the web (or the previously available release with the brown cover and photo of Kurt, Krist and Chad), but it certainly doesn't sound as good as it could or should with claims of being "professionally remastered."
I first became aware of this release when a vinyl version was made available in limited quantities for Record Store Day 2016, which made it sound like it could be somewhat legitimate, and tried to do some digging. I couldn't find any reviews or more information as to the source or by whom it was remastered, so I found a reasonably priced copy on CD and bought it.
The only real evidence needed that this is neither from an official source nor the best that could be done with the material is the missing 10th track, Vendetagainst. This was released officially on the With The Lights Out box as "Help Me, I'm Hungry" and compared to this release it sounds fantastic. The likely reason that this track is not included is that it HAS been officially released and would make for an easy comparison of how awful this recording sounds, as well as making it a more likely target of a lawsuit from Geffen/Universal.
Now imagine if the entire session was cleaned up and mastered in the same way and from the same source: It would reveal this release for the half-hearted cash grab that it is.
According to the back cover, "Interference very proudly presents the entire original KAOS-FM broadcast of Skid Row (Nirvana) live in session from Evergreen State College, Olympia WA on 17th April 1987. Professionally re-mastered original FM broadcast with background liners, interviews and rare archival photos."
In reality, they got a somewhat better sounding copy than the other bootlegs, cleaned it up a bit (maybe) and slapped together as many old photos as they could find that probably wouldn't get them sued, most of which have absolutely nothing to do with the recording or even the time period: There is a series of photos of Kurt from the In Utero promo shoot, a bunch of photos with Dave Grohl and Chad Channing (Aaron Burckhard was the drummer for this session) and even photos with Jason Everman, the hair-metal wannabe that bought his way into the Bleach liner notes and was kicked out of every decent Seattle band in the 90's.
Bottom line, this is presented as a painstakingly researched archival document, crafted for fans, when it's just another cheap bootleg crafted to separate you from your money. If the track on WTLO is any evidence, this CAN be done better and hopefully at some point will be officially released.
viewerslikeyou

viewerslikeyou

June 18, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Live On KAOS-FM, Seattle-1987, LP, Unofficial, INTRLP0004

Make no mistake, this is a bootleg.
In terms of sound quality, this is superior to other versions previously found floating around the web (or the previously available release with the brown cover and photo of Kurt, Krist and Chad), but it certainly doesn't sound as good as it could or should with claims of being "professionally remastered."
I first became aware of this release when a vinyl version was made available in limited quantities for Record Store Day 2016, which made it sound like it could be somewhat legitimate, and tried to do some digging. I couldn't find any reviews or more information as to the source or by whom it was remastered, so I found a reasonably priced copy on CD and bought it.
The only real evidence needed that this is neither from an official source nor the best that could be done with the material is the missing 10th track, Vendetagainst. This was released officially on the With The Lights Out box as "Help Me, I'm Hungry" and compared to this release it sounds fantastic. The likely reason that this track is not included is that it HAS been officially released and would make for an easy comparison of how awful this recording sounds, as well as making it a more likely target of a lawsuit from Geffen/Universal.
Now imagine if the entire session was cleaned up and mastered in the same way and from the same source: It would reveal this release for the half-hearted cash grab that it is.
According to the back cover, "Interference very proudly presents the entire original KAOS-FM broadcast of Skid Row (Nirvana) live in session from Evergreen State College, Olympia WA on 17th April 1987. Professionally re-mastered original FM broadcast with background liners, interviews and rare archival photos."
In reality, they got a somewhat better sounding copy than the other bootlegs, cleaned it up a bit (maybe) and slapped together as many old photos as they could find that probably wouldn't get them sued, most of which have absolutely nothing to do with the recording or even the time period: There is a series of photos of Kurt from the In Utero promo shoot, a bunch of photos with Dave Grohl and Chad Channing (Aaron Burckhard was the drummer for this session) and even photos with Jason Everman, the hair-metal wannabe that bough his way into the Bleach liner notes and was kicked out of every decent Seattle band in the 90's.
Bottom line, this is presented as a painstakingly researched archival document, crafted for fans, when it's just another cheap bootleg crafted to separate you from your money. If the track on WTLO is any evidence, this CAN be done better and hopefully at some point will be officially released.
Mbund

Mbund

April 28, 2016
referencing Live On KAOS-FM, Seattle-1987, LP, Ltd, Num, Unofficial, Whi, INTRLP0004
That something is sold officially in a European store doesn't make it an official release.
It's just like the infamous "Live USA" series from Imtrat.
They could be bought everywhere - record stores, supermarkets etc...
https://www.discogs.com/label/279656-Live-Alive

That it's listed on the official RSD site just shows how fucking lame RSD is.
sangriaraptor

sangriaraptor

April 28, 2016
referencing Live On KAOS-FM, Seattle-1987, LP, Ltd, Num, Unofficial, Whi, INTRLP0004
I don't think just because this was released for and bought on RSD that makes it an official release. It wasn't released with permission from any of the parties that hold rights to this recording nor was it made from the original tapes. I think that still classifies this an unofficial pressing regardless of when and where you bought it.
zeger22

zeger22

April 20, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Live On KAOS-FM, Seattle-1987, LP, Ltd, Num, Unofficial, Whi, INTRLP0004

Bought this new on RSD16 in the Netherlands. Sounds like an upgraded radio recording, not sure what this was originally recorded on, i don't know previous releases of this recording. The 'remastering' that has been done seems to have added some bass at the lowest end, and seems to be only at moments that there are almost no other instruments than drums. Overall sound of the recording is 'tin-y' as someone described earlier releases of this recording, here and there the audio has been enriched with some bass, but it's hard to notice any natural midrange to go in between. Quite listenable, but does not sound like a high quality studio-recording, mainly because the (added) bass seems out of place in comparison to the rest of the spectrum.
beardpool

beardpool

April 20, 2016
referencing Live On KAOS-FM, Seattle-1987, LP, Ltd, Num, Unofficial, Whi, INTRLP0004
What is with these prices!? This is why I think scalpers should literally be scalped.
zoram

zoram

April 17, 2016
referencing Live On KAOS-FM, Seattle-1987, LP, Ltd, Num, Unofficial, Whi, INTRLP0004

This is an official release from RSD 2016! Bought it in Belgium!